Amid coronavirus threat in the country, 335 passengers with travel history to COVID 19 affected countries are untraceable. A total of 6,011 passengers have been traced till March 13, Punjab’s Health and Family Welfare Department has informed.
Earlier on Friday, seven coronavirus suspects had gone missing in Punjab’s Ludhiana, however, they were traced later.
So far, the national confirmed coronavirus patient toll has surged to 83.
As India reported the second coronavirus death on Saturday, Punjab shut all government and private schools, colleges and universities where exams are not being held till March 31 in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said the decision has been taken as a precautionary measure. He clarified the ongoing school examinations will continue as per schedule.
“The state machinery is working round the clock to prevent the coronavirus outbreak and I urge all to avoid crowding at public places and take necessary precautions,” the CM tweeted.
Meanwhile, Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital on Friday quarantined 82 staff members who were in close contact with the patient, and their 14 relatives a day after a 64-year-old patient was diagnosed with the coronavirus. The patient has been shifted to Kasturba Gandhi Hospital’s quarantine facility.
The group of ministers (GoM) led by local bodies minister Brahm Mohindra also ordered deputy commissioners not to grant permission for mass gatherings. Religious leaders and dera heads have also requested to postpone the schedule of their congregations.